Welcome to the age of the millennials where 1 in every 4 people in the world is suffering from mental health problems. Depression isn’t something we should overlook because it’s a serious problem. Serious enough to cause daily deaths in some parts of the world. How do you deal with depression?
It’s hard to pick myself up when the depression bug strikes, but these activities help me keep it in check;
Nothing like putting all those destructive thoughts on paper. It’s like a sort of therapy where you are (unknowingly) releasing your pain. It really helps to write it down and if you want to take the healing a little further, write down all your negative thoughts and light a fire. It’s a process of letting go of the bad and embracing the next.
Some people say that when you’re feeling depressed you shouldn’t be alone. Honestly when I’m feeling down in the dumps the last thing I want to do is talk to anyone. All I want is to curl up under my blankets and create a new world- some place where I don’t have to worry about existence.
If this is you too, you have a range of options. Instead of hiding in your bed, make this a time of self-care where you do activities that require silence and still manage to enjoy the peace. I like to watch a series I haven’t watched before, do a facemask or body scrub or do some reading. These are all activities that keep me occupied and distracted from the negative line of thought brewing in my head.
One of the things on this list that always helps me bounce back from my depression is gratitude.
I started a gratitude jar earlier this year and O.M.G best thing ever! On some days you feel like you’re a useless piece of shit, but then you remember you are a human, a homo sapiens sapiens i.e. the most advantaged species on earth and to be alive with the strength and abilities I have right now is nothing short of a blessing.
Art has an incredibly calming effect and I urge anyone who can to pick up a brush. I don’t paint as often as I’d like, but art gives me an escape from the noise in my head and an outlet for my frustration.
There’s no greater satisfaction than starting out with a blank canvas then a few hours later stepping back and just beaming with joy. Almost forgot I wished myself death a few hours ago.
I don’t have a depression playlist if you’re wondering, but I do have a few go-to songs that boost my mood greatly. I will play any song I know the lyrics to and which isn’t too sad or mellow. You might find me jamming to loud trap music, but mostly just Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds. Bless that man!
What gets you off when you are depressed? I’d love to hear how you deal with your low moments in the comments below.
P.S: I missed you so much! Back to blogging now every Monday and Friday and I make YouTube videos now every Wednesday and Sunday. See you here and there and thanks for reading!